• The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

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Release Date: December 15th, 2006

DVD Release Date: March 27th, 2007

PG-13|1 hr 56 min

Plot Summary
Life is a struggle for single father Chris Gardner (Will Smith). Evicted from their apartment, he and his young son (Jaden Christopher Syre Smith) find themselves alone with no place to go. Even though Chris eventually lands a job as an intern at a prestigious brokerage firm, the position pays no money. The pair must live in shelters and endure many hardships, but Chris refuses to give in to despair as he struggles to create a better life for himself and his son.

Cast: Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Thandie Newton, Brian Howe, James Karen, Dan Castellaneta, Kurt Fuller, Takayo Fischer

Director: Gabriele Muccino

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Escape Artists, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Overbrook Entertainment

Distributors: Sony Pictures

Ratings & Reviews

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  • The pursuit is manipulative and repetitive.

  • Smith wins our hearts without losing his dignity, as Chris suits up for success by day and fights off despair by night. The role needs gravity, smarts, charm, humor and a soul that's not synthetic. Smith brings it. He's the real deal. show more

  • The relationship between Chris and his diminutive namesake is at the core of the film - the determination to be there for his son, no matter what; the mentoring, the pair's goofy, lovely banter. And Smith and his bright-eyed boy pull it off brilliantly. show more

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